Donald Trump is firing back at Meryl Streep after she very publicly criticized him in front of millions of people around the world at the Golden Globe Awards.

In an explosive six-minute speech on Sunday night, Streep did not hold back as she went after Trump for mocking disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski in November of 2015 during a campaign rally.

‘That instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same,’ said Streep in front of a audience packed full of Hollywood A-listers.

‘Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.’  

Trump responded to Streep’s comments on Monday by taking aim at the actress on Twitter, writing: ‘Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes.’ 

Streep, 67, is a three-time Academy Award winner who has been nominated for a record 19 Oscars and  a record 30 Golden Globes during a career that has spanned five decades. The actress is also widely considered to be the greatest-living actor by both members of the public and those in the industry.

That talent is why Streep was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Sunday night for her ‘outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.’  

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Meryl Streep, the Cecil B. DeMille honoree, used her Golden Globes acceptance speech on Sunday night to publicly slam Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter

Trump hit back by describing Streep as ‘one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood’

Trump also called Streep a ‘Hillary flunky who lost big’ on Monday morning.

The actress was a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter throughout the campaign and even introduced the presidential nominee when she appeared via video feed from her home in New York on the second night of the Democratic National Convention over the summer.

 That instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.

-Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech 

Streep is also fond of the Obamas as well, and was one of the few guests who made the cut for the couple’s final White House party on Friday night.

The actress was so intent on attending that she flew to Washington DC from Los Angeles just after Carrie Fisher’s memorial on Thursday afternoon to attend the event.

Streep, who played the character Fisher based on herself in the 1990 film adaptation of the Star Wars actress’ semi-autobiographical tale Postcards from the Edge, delivered the eulogy at the private memorial before singing her friend’s favorite song, ‘Happy Days are Here Again.’

And she was once again in the air right after the Obamas party on Friday, which was still going strong at 4am on Saturday according to guests, heading  back to Los Angeles for the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Trump also used his early-morning Twitter rant to once again claim that he had not been mocking Kovaleski during the 2015 rally Streep spoke about on Sunday night.

‘For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him “groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!’ wrote Trump.  

The president-elect also said in a statement earlier on Monday: ‘I was never mocking anyone. I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story.

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‘People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.’

He added: ‘And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary.’ 

Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway also went after Streep while appearing on Fox and Friends Monday morning.

‘My initial reaction is I’m glad Meryl Streep has such a passion for the disabled because I didn’t hear her weigh in and I didn’t hear her use her platform last night to give a shout-out to the mentally challenged boy who last week was tortured live on Facebook for half an hour,’ said Conway.

She then made a point of noting that it was ‘four African-American adults’ that were ‘screaming anti-Trump expletives’ who carried out the horrifying attack in Chicago o the 18-year-old male whose name is not being released by authorities.

‘So I’d like to hear from her today, if she wants to come and continue her platform on behalf of the disabled,’ said Conway to close things out, adding that Trump has debunked the claim that he was mocking the reporter countless times in the past.

Speaking up: Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway (above) said she would like Streep to give a ‘shout-out to the mentally challenged boy who was tortured on Facebook for half an hour’

Trump came under fire in 2015 for mocking New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski by impersonating the journalist’s physical handicap

Trump was speaking to an audience in South Carolina back in 2015 when he began to go after Kovaleski, who reported in a Washington Post story that was published after 9/11 that authorities had ‘questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks.’

That line was being used by Trump during his campaign as evidence to support his claim that ‘thousands and thousands’ of Muslims were celebrating in New Jersey when the Twin Towers fell.

Kovaleski quickly made a point of noting however that there were not ‘thousands’ or even ‘hundreds’ of people cheering on after the terror attack, adding in a statement that he had no confirmation that there was any celebrations at all on that day. 

My initial reaction is I’m glad Meryl Streep has such a passion for the disabled because I didn’t hear her weigh in and I didn’t hear her use her platform last night to give a shout-out to the mentally challenged boy who last week was tortured live on Facebook for half an hour. 

-Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway 

‘I certainly do not remember anyone saying that thousands or even hundreds of people were celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember,’ said Kovaleski.

Two days later, Trump went after the disabled reporter while appearing in South Carolina, claiming that he was changing his story now all these years later.

Kovaleski has not changed a word of his original report since he first published the story 15 years ago. 

‘Now the poor guy, you ought to see this guy,’ Trump said at the rally before drawing his wrists up close to his chest and flailing around. 

‘”Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!”‘ 

The move made him look similar like Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis. 

Trump claimed soon after that appearance that he was not imitating the reporter, and had never even met the man so he would not have any idea about his disability.

Kovaleski responded by stating he had in fact met Trump back in the 80s while he was covering the real estate scion, and that he had even flown with him on his private airplane.

Those claims were also later supported by some of Kovaleski’s fellow reporters who recalled seeing him speak with Trump at the time, and noted that the two men were on a first name basis. 

Streep dressed up as Donald Trump (above) at the annual Shakespeare in the Park gala in New York City this past June

The three-time Oscar winner and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, was the spitting image of the Republican (above), as she donned a fat suit and painted her features orange

The Cecil B. DeMille honoree’s speech stunned the audience, leaving many teary-eyed

Speaking about the controversial moment, Streep said: ‘There was nothing good about it, but it did its job.

‘It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was in real life. 

‘It was that moment when a person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter – someone he outranked in privilege, in power and in the capacity to fight back. 

‘That instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same. 

‘Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.’ 

 Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts

-Streep’s Golden Globes speech 

In her speech Streep, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last year, also called for the press to stand up to Trump and hold him to account going forward.  

Streep also spoke about how the Hollywood Foreign Press and actors present were part of ‘the most vilified segments in American society right now’ – Hollywood, foreigners and the press.

‘But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places,’ Streep said as she touched on her New Jersey upbringing.  

She mentioned nominees seated in the room by name and recalled details of their cultural backgrounds to shine a light on Hollywood’s multicultural makeup and to build context for the rest of her speech.

‘Viola (Davis) was born in a sharecroppers cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn,’ she said. 

‘Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenzia, Italy, and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem.

‘Where are their birth certificates?’ she asked.

Streep noted Viola Davis – who introduced Streep for the award – was born in a sharecroppers cabin in South Carolina before being raised in Central Falls, Rhode Island

Ryan Gosling ‘like all the nicest people’ is Canadian, Streep said. She also mentioned Dev Patel’s Kenyan heritage. He was raised in London and was nominated for a Golden Globe playing an Indian raised in Tasmania, Australia

Sarah Paulson was born in Florida and raised by a single mom in Brooklyn, Streep noted

Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was raised in Ireland. Streep pointed out that Amy Adams was born in Vicenzia, Italy

Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio

‘The beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was raised in Ireland and she’s here nominated for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. 

‘Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people is Canadian. Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here playing an Indian, raised in Tasmania.

Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. 

-Donald Trump on Twitter 

‘Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,’ Streep said to loud applause.

Streep mentioned her late friend Carrie Fisher, who died just after Christmas, and how the actress and writer urged others to ‘take your broken heart and make it into art.’ 

Her speech sent Twitter into a frenzy with many of A-list stars applauding Streep.

‘There has never been anyone like Meryl Streep. I love her,’ Ellen DeGeneres wrote.

Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba wrote: ‘Meryl Streep. It’s this same level of bravery that she has offered us, freely, again and again.’

‘”When the powerful use their position to bully other, we all lose” thank you,’ Julianne Moore wrote.

MERYL STREEP’S FULL SPEECH: 

Thank you, thank you. I lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this week. I’ve lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read. Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You, and all of us in this room, really belong to the most vilified segment of American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.

But who are we? What is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of different places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey, Viola was born in a sharecroppers cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenzia, Italy, and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was raised in Ireland and she’s here nominated – for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here playing an Indian, raised in Tasmania.

So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing else to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. They gave me three seconds to say that.

An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like, and there were many, many ,many powerful performances that did exactly that – breathtaking, compassionate work. But there was one performances this year that stunned me; it sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job – it made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.

It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter – someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.

Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.

Okay, this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them them on the carpet for every outrage – that’s why our founders enshrine the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only asked the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing. Once, when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something, we were going to work through supper, or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor. Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you.

The Cecil B. DeMille honoree called the moment the president-elect mocked a disabled reporter the most stunning performance of the year

However, other social media users condemning the speech as being the exact sort of condescending attitude from the ‘elites’ that got Trump elected.

Twitter user Deplorable P Kelly posted: ‘#MerylStreep dont u get it? There r ppl out here that make less in a year than celebrities spent on their gown tonite? They need an escape.’

Fox News host Meghan McCain added: ‘This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how – you will help him get re-elected.’

While Streep won the annual Cecille B. DeMille Award and can boast of 48 Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, her career is still current. 

She was nominated this year for her portrayal of a bad opera singer in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins.’

Streep was introduced by fellow actress Viola Davis, who said her husband urged her every day when she worked with her to tell Streep how much she meant to her. She was too bashful then, but not on stage on Sunday.

‘You make me proud to be an artist,’ Davis said. ‘You make me feel that what I have in me – my body, my face, my age – is enough.’

DONALD TRUMP SLAMMED FOR MOCKING DISABLED REPORTER:

Donald Trump came under fire in 2015 after he mocked investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski at a Republican rally in South Carolina

Donald Trump came under fire in 2015 after he mocked investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski at a Republican rally in South Carolina.

He was accused of impersonating the New York Times journalist’s physical handicap for what he saw as the reporter stepping away from an article he wrote on the 9/11 attacks in The Washington Post.

‘Now the poor guy, you ought to see this guy,’ Trump said, drawing his wrists up close to his chest and flailing around. ‘”Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!”‘

Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that has locked his right arm up against his chest in a similar position to the one Trump held. 

He claimed Trump was mocking his disability, while Trump denied at the time knowing who Kovaleski was.

Kovaleski then said he was on first-name terms with Trump and had interviewed him around a dozen times over the past 30 years.

Pro-Trump website Catholics 4 Trump claimed last year that the Republican had a long history of making similar gestures while mocking other people.

They featured videos from 2016, 2015 and 2005 showing Trump doing similar – albeit shorter and less involved – impressions on several other occasions. 

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